The Solar Eclipse
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Total Solar Eclipse

On Monday, August 21st, 2017 we will be able to witness an amazing natural event, a total solar eclipse.  A total solar eclipse occurs once every 12 to 18 months.  The last one that was visible in the united states occurred back in 1979, 6 years before I was born.  This celestial event will take an arc like path across the country.  It will start from Lincoln Beach, Oregon at 9:05 am and finish near Charleston, South Carolina at 2:48 pm.  The shadow of the moon will not completely be gone until about 4:09 pm.

This will be my first experience seeing a total eclipse and likely my last. I want to be able to take it all in and experience as much as I can.  Morgan Winsor, a journalist for ABC News, asked Fred Espenak, a retired NASA astrophysicist what it is like:

“‘It is unlike any other experience you've ever had," Espenak, popularly known as Mr. Eclipse, told ABC News. "It's a visceral experience; you feel it. The hair on your arms, on the back of your neck, stand up. You get goosebumps. "You have to be there," he added.’”

(http://abcnews.go.com/US/total-solar-eclipse-2017-happen/story?id=49249150)

 

During the eclipse you will feel the temperature noticeably drop, usually 10-15 degrees.  It will last roughly 2 minutes and 40 seconds.  It will truly be amazing to watch and experience.  Many people will take time out of their day to watch this and take it all in.  To Christians, this should be a GREAT reminder that we serve an awesome God.

“The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows His handiwork” (Psalm 19:1)

“O Lord, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth, Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens!... When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained.  What is man that You take thought of him, And the son of man that You care for him?” (Psalm 8:1, 3-4)

“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse” (Romans 1:20)

Have a great week and let the eclipse be a reminder to you of the God of the universe!

Travis Robertson

 

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